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 March 2014

March 2014



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Review of Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails

by Derk Richardson

Giuseppe Naccarelli opens an ambitious, good-looking Italian restaurant in South Shore Center.

Three new books: Afro-Vegan, Explosion Green, and Glitter and Glue

by Judith M. Gallman

Three new books on cooking, building, and growing up.

Alameda Cheese and Goods Purveyors Give Picnic-Packing Tips

by Karen Granados

Cheese, wine, bread, snacks, and the just-right containers for a picnic.

Asian Chefs From Sunhui Chang to James Syhabout Reinvent the Food of Their Youth

by Ethan Fletcher

Young Asian chefs and restaurateurs in Oakland love the food of their home countries and their youth, like the salty-sweet street fare from Mumbai’s beaches or the spicy roasted Siamese peanuts...

Legal Eats Teaches Culinary Entrepreneurs the Laws on Home Businesses

by Rachel Trachten

Legal Eats teaches foodie entrepreneurs the ins and outs of running a home business so they won't be breaking any laws.

Pasta as Comfort Food, from Bellanico to Pizzaiolo

by Ethan Fletcher

Our favorite comfort foods are often those that we ate as kids. So perhaps it’s no surprise that in the case of pasta—one of the all-time top comfort foods—many of Oakland’s favorite...

Build, East Bay Spice Company, Italian Colors, and Others Add Flowers to Food and Drink

by Anneli Rufus

You can and should eat the flowers making their way onto your dinner plate and into your highball glass.

Homestead Does Hip Donuts

by Anneli Rufus

Typecast as a plebeian treat for plebeians ever since they first appeared in the English-speaking world, donuts, formerly and still sometimes known as doughnuts, are cheap and easy to make. A...

New Drink Program at The Ramen Shop

by Stefanie Kalem

The popular Ramen Shop steps up its cocktail game under head bartender Chris Lane's direction.

Tah-Chin at Zand's

by Anneli Rufus

Tah-chin is an elegant, irresistible Iranian treat.

Berkeley's Thai Noodle Offers Great Tea Leaf Salad

by Anneli Rufus

Tea isn't just for sipping; you can eat it too, in a tea leaf salad a Thai Noodle, or try it as a savory soup from Numi Organic Tea.

Starter Baker Sets off the Kouign-amann Trend

by Cynthia Salaysay

Brian Wood of Starter Bakery introduces Kouign-amann to the Bay Area and launches a trend.

Chicha, Lungomare, Cock-a-Doodle, Stag's, and Bull Valley Roadhouse

by Judith M. Gallman

New and return visits to restaurants on Webster Street, Old Oakland, Uptown, Jack London Square, and Contra Costa County.

Review of the Bull Valley Roadhouse

by Derk Richardson

Kristy looked radiant in her satin gown when I picked her up in my dad’s leased, lemon-chiffon Lincoln Continental. The luxury ride was less to impress—Kristy wasn’t my girlfriend; I was...

Review: Brotzeit Lokal Boathouse & Biergarten

by Derk Richardson

Beer for breakfast. It wasn’t foremost in my mind when we planned a Sunday trip to Brotzeit Lokal. Nor do I advocate it as a daily indulgence. But we arrived around 1 p.m., so we’re really...

Are you “in” or “out” on In-N-Out Burger coming to Alameda?

by Gina Jaber

Here's what Alamedans are saying about the new burger joint coming to town.

Raves for OctoberFeast’s dense multi-grain bread.

by Anneli Rufus

Mention “European bread” or “the breads of Europe,” and what comes to mind? The fluffy stuff. The stretchy stuff. The soft stuff. The spongey stuff. Those golden-crusted rounds, braids,...

Chop Bar's Chris Pastena talks up Oakland.

by Candace Murphy

While the East Bay has gained the recognition it deserves as a foodie mecca, usually only a handful of names are dropped on its behalf: Alice Waters, Charlie Hallowell, Russell Moore, Allison...

Chill Out

by Candace Murphy

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone as passionate about ice cream as Scott Whidden, the Oakland born and raised masterblender at Fentons Creamery and Restaurant. He’s talking about cream;...

A Grand Avenue Revival

by Ethan Fletcher

Grand Avenue seems to have always been overshadowed by its more happening neighboring thoroughfare Lakeshore Avenue. While cool coffee shops, pizzerias, and bars dotted Lakeshore Avenue, Grand...